The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) has had its most successful year to date in terms of overall attendance at its different public events. The Centre continued to sponsor a number of Faculty based interdisciplinary research seminars and supported a variety of conferences and symposia from 'Ancient Warfare' to 'J.M.Coetzee', which attracted an international array of speakers and participants.
The tenth Donald Charlton Lecture, entitled 'Angels and Demons' was given by the renowned critic, Professor Terry Eagleton of Manchester University. The HRC Visiting Fellow was one of the world's greatest novelists, the Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa who gave a master class to creative writing students and delivered a public lecture about his recent award winning novel The Feast of the Goat. The HRC Visiting Fellow for 2002-2003 is another internationally regarded writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o.